hot take about open source software 

The most important thing about Free and Open Source Software isn't all the stuff about forking and pull requests and that. The most important thing is that it works to insulate code from the profit motive.

The ability to fork or request upstream changes is a vital part of that but not the point in and of itself.

re: hot take about open source software 

@stolas Is this a hot take? As much as I am all up in the FOSS shit, it's definitely one of the main reasons why I use it.

re: hot take about open source software 

@tinylesbiangamer It's a hot take because I haven't put much actual thought into it tbh

re: hot take about open source software 

@stolas @tinylesbiangamer It's a hot take to tech/FOSSBros who tell you "Just fork it if you don't like it" without giving a thought about how much effort it takes, or that having a million forks actually helps fuck all.

re: hot take about open source software 

@MxCraven @stolas This is definitely a problem. The main good thing about forking is that sometimes.. sometimes... someone will pick up a formerly abandoned project you liked and continue development. Which is nice. But I know it would very rarely be me. :p

re: hot take about open source software 

@tinylesbiangamer @stolas Forking was originally intended to take base code and use it, it wasn't intended to have a million competing products. It was to allow libraries and shit to be freely used.

The actual "Fork" in SVCs is for temporary local clones that you can then merge request into master.

So many people forget that a fork is supposed to be merged back upstream if possible, or it's for one project, a small personal thing that takes a base and makes it something else.

re: hot take about open source software 

@MxCraven @tinylesbiangamer Yeah, the term fork seems to have really undergone a lot of semantic drift over time.

Techincally any git clone is a fork and I think that's what was originally intended but now we use the term "fork" to imply a totally separate version of the program with a totally separate team and everything.

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